'Twilight' helmer Catherine Hardwicke has been bumped from directorial responsibilities for the feature adaptation of the first in James Dashner's sci-fi trilogy 'The Maze Runner'. She has been replaced by newcomer Wes Ball who was responsible for directing the popular internet short 'Ruin'. Ball's project was picked up by 20th Century Fox which appears to have lead to his hiring for this new Fox project which will be produced by Gotham Group. Meanwhile Hardwicke is working on her new psychological sexual thriller 'Plush' starring Emily Browning ('Sucker Punch'), Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel. For non-readers out there why not head below to check out the books synopsis so you can at least familiarise yourself with the story. Also you can view Ball's short 'Ruin' below.
"Thomas, who wakes up to find himself in a square elevator which brings him up to the top. He is greeted by a group of boys who pull him out into their surroundings. Thomas learns that all these boys live in a place called the Glade. The Glade is surrounded by tall, stone walls with four massive doors in the center of each wall. These doors close each night to protect them from the monsters that live beyond the Glade's walls. The monsters live in a place called the Maze which surrounds the walls around the Glade. These monsters are called Grievers which sting the Gladers if they can. The Gladers then undergo the Changing, a painful process which people can survive if given the serum in time, and come out with side effects."